Those Celebrating Birthdays are: March 24, Craig Luksza, Jessica
Locke; March 26, Don Raney.
A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!
Nathalie Snyder, owner of Lighthouse Therapeutic Massage, is proud
to host Shanti Douglas for a 12 weeks educational weight loss
program based on real food eating and lifestyle change. Shanti is an
educator, stress management coach, and practitioner of whole life
The truth about sugar and fats, how to read a label, stress
management, daily accountability and eating in combinations that
work are just a few topics that will be covered on this highly
successful program. A free, no obligation program overview will be
presented on March 27th, at 6 pm at the office of Lighthouse
Therapeutic Massage, 175 Barnstead Rd, Pittsfield.
For more information call Shanti at 228-9007 or
School Lunch Menus
March 25 - March 29, 2013
All American Lunch
Cheeseburger on a bun, lettuce, tomato and pickles, tater tots,
Chicken nuggets, dinner roll, glazed carrots, roasted turnips,
Southwestern baked spaghetti, garlic bread, garden salad, fresh
Chicken fajitas with the fixins’, seasoned rice, Mexicali corn,
Fresh Picks Pizza
Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, broccoli tops, carrots, mixed fruit
All American Lunch
Build your own burger, lettuce, tomato and pickles, tater tots,
Popcorn chicken, dinner roll, glazed carrots, roasted turnips,
Luigi’s pasta bar with meat sauce, Alfredo or sausage pomodoro,
garden salad, fresh fruit
Chicken fajitas with the fixins’, seasoned rice, Mexicali corn,
Shepherd’s pie, fresh broccoli, warm bread, mixed fruit
Dear Pittsfield Residents:
The Master Plan Committee has gone through great
effort to ensure that your views and concerns of Pittsfield are
being heard. The survey that you received in the March 13th Suncook
Valley Sun is the best way we could think of to gather information
from you. If you haven’t completed the survey yet, we urge you to
help the town by doing so. If you prefer, the survey is on the
town’s website, you can fill it out there (www.pittsfield-nh.com).
If you did not receive the survey, but want a copy, please contact
the town office, 435-6773 ext. 3.
Thank you for helping Pittsfield plan for the future.
Member, Master Plan Committee
Tickets On Sale Now For Pittsfield Police Association Fundraiser
Featuring Three Comics
The Pittsfield Police Association holds its biggest fundraiser of
the year on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Dell-Lea
Country Club on Pleasant Street in Chichester. Comics Ryan Gartley,
Robbie Printz and Jay Grove will be on hand for the laughs.
Gartley has been doing stand-up for 9 years and is a Maine native.
His brand of humor consists of making fun of the local yokels and
family humor. He has opened for Jeff Dunham and Steven Wright.
Printz is a Boston native with a thick accent. He says an accent is
just another name for speech impediment. Printz’s performances focus
on the everyday, including his hatred for motion sensor toilets and
his love of his GPS. Grove boasts about his New Hampshire roots. “He
has a knack for keeping hecklers at bay; anyone wondering who’s
being paid to talk should try to interrupt one of his shows. On
second thought, don’t.” (Taken from the Hippo Press 2010)
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through any member of
the Pittsfield Police Association as well as at the Pittsfield
Police Station or by calling Jay Darrah at 425-7535. This event is
for the 21+ crowd. There will be snacks available, a cash bar,
appetizers for purchase and raffles.
The Pittsfield Police Association sponsors many events, charities
and organizations in and around Pittsfield, focusing their attention
on the youth of Pittsfield. Please support this worthy cause.
Suncook Valley Sno-Riders Poker Run Results
On the morning of February 23rd with light snowflakes in the air,
the Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club held a Poker Run
beginning at the Youth Ball Field on Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield.
The SVSR would like to thank the Suncook Valley Baseball and Soccer
Association for manning their concession stand with breakfast
sandwiches in the a.m. and hamburgers and hot dogs at lunchtime.
The food was great and very much appreciated. We thank you!
We would also like to thank the following businesses who contributed
to our door prizes: Livingston’s, Pittsfield Sanels, Freedom Cycle
of Concord, Owners of Danis Laundromat, Pittsfield Jitters,
Pittsfield Town Pizza, Epsom McDonald’s, Epsom Subway, Shaws of
Concord, Concord Osborne Agway and J n R Auto Repair of Pittsfield.
Your donated prizes were an awesome addition to the event. We thank
The Poker Run first prize winner was Vickie St. George, 2nd place
was Jill Metcalf, 3rd place was Mark Kubat and worst hand went to
Andy Osborne. Congratulations!
We mustn’t forget to thank club members who were stationed out on
the trail. Some stood out in the cold for over 3 hours. In fact, we
want to thank every SVSR member who made the event a success, and we
mustn’t forget our groomer drivers who made sure the trail was
smooth beforehand for everyone. Take a bow! Plans for
next year are already brewing. Thank you all!
Educators In 18 U.S. States & Two Countries Join The VHS Collaborative
Sarah Carri at Pittsfield Middle High is now doing something she has
never done before. That is teaching and/or administering online
courses to students in other parts of the world so that kids at her
school can participate in The VHS Collaborative, and have access to
over 400 college prep courses per semester.
The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of
K-12 online learning, today announced that 64 additional educators
representing 18 U.S. states and two countries, have started teaching
or supporting VHS (http://www.TheVHSCollaborative.org)
courses at their school. Having completed VHS’s graduate level
NetCourse Instructional Methodologies (NIM) or Site Coordinator
Orientation (SCO) course, these individuals have begun participating
in the spring semester, which is presently in progress.
As a nonprofit collaborative of schools, VHS’ mission is to provide
students with access to high quality online learning experiences and
courses not offered at their school, while supporting educators with
the professional development and services they need to provide an
effective 21st century education to every student. VHS member
schools have access to a range of collaborative core, elective,
enrichment and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning.
The courses enable students to develop digital literacies and
independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, try
interesting electives, earn credits, participate in global
classrooms and get the opportunity to take advanced courses not
offered at their school. Courses are taught by active classroom
teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best
practices, highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas.
VHS’s NetCourse Instructional Methodologies (NIM) program transforms
traditional face-to-face classroom teachers into online instructors
by introducing the pedagogy, methodology, and moderation techniques
needed to effectively teach a VHS online course. Participants learn
how to foster online community-building, facilitate project-based
and collaborative learning, promote online dialogue, design
activities and assessments that achieve learning objectives or
outcomes and become comfortable with the Desire2Learn online course
A requirement of each VHS member school, VHS site coordinators
ensure the program runs smoothly at their school. All site
coordinators complete the Site Coordinator Orientation (SCO) course,
an online professional development program in which they learn how
to recruit and register students for online courses, coordinate
materials and resources, monitor progress, and help students stay on
The Pittsfield Youth Workshop
Through The Eyes Of Kids!
(Past, Present And Future)
Growing up I wasn’t popular, I wasn’t a very confident kid either. I
never felt like I belonged anywhere. Honestly, I didn’t know what to
do with myself. Moving to Pittsfield, I found out about the PYW and
decided it sounded like a better place to hang out after school than
with my sister.
At PYW I found a safe haven, as I was one of the children who didn’t
have it so easy at school. I found people who had time to sit down
and help me with my homework, or listen to my problems (no matter
how trivial). There was always someone willing to give a hand,
listen, or teach me something. I gained confidence in myself,
learned to believe that I was worth something, and found a kind of
family, and most importantly, gained belief in myself; that I could
do whatever I wanted if I put my mind to it (even if it was math
homework). One thing that I am very proud of is learning to play the
violin. Thanks, Heather.
Without PYW I would have never had the confidence to join the Army,
or go out in the world and see things. I never would have believed
in myself. I would have told myself I couldn’t do it. But someone
else did tell me I could do it, was always there insisting
The faces may have changed since my time, but they are still the
most amazing individuals a youth could ask to have. I myself try to
drop in and volunteer when I can, hoping some day, maybe I can be
what I saw in the adults at the PYW when I was a youth.
I have been coming to the PYW since 6th grade, almost six years now.
That I know of, I am the only one who comes to PYW who can remember
it when it was on the corner of Depot Street. I like this building
more because now I can go in the park and play basketball or do
other outside activities. I am the president of the store board, and
was the V.P. for two [years].
My favorite thing about PYW is the rock climbing trips and that this
was the place I met my mentor for the Mentor program, Joe Suchomski.
The PYW is a great place for kids to come after school.
I am in 5th grade and PYW is like a boys and girls club, I think.
The kids at PYW play a lot of activities and games. I’ve heard you
can take cooking classes. I’ve been wanting to go to PYW since I was
in 4th grade. I am really excited I can join in June. I will be a
6th grader then. I will be able to hang out with my friends inside
where it is warmer. I think it will be awesome when I can go!
Dear Pittsfield Voters:
Thank you Pittsfield voters for your participation in the March 12
Town Meeting election. Thank you for preserving our zoning
ordinance and for resolving its frontage ambiguity. Thank you for
preserving our elected Planning Board and for giving me the honor
and privilege of continuing to serve on it.
Thank you, Dan Schroth and Linda Martin, for adding your energy and
ideas to the democratic process. Anyone who has ever run for
elected office knows that running for elected office is a demanding
and stressful undertaking.
Thank you to the many people who stopped to wish me luck in front of
the town hall. You made waiting the long hours and anticipating the
Thank you to my campaign helpers--the people who made the campaign
success possible--for helping me with planning, guidance, and
Again, thank you to all,
Doors, Doors, Doors…
The Pittsfield Players Tune Up For “Tenor"
Kaylin Dean and Greg Parker star in The Pittsfield
Players’ production of the hilarious comedy, Lend Me A Tenor April
5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13. Tickets are $12 and are available online at
pittsfieldplayers.com, by calling the box office at 435-8852 or at
the door the nights of the performances at The Scenic Theatre, 6
Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH. “Like” The Pittsfield Players on
What is a Farce? Wikipedia defines farce as “In theatre, a farce is
a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience by means of
unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and
mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of
sophistication, which may include word play, and a fast-paced plot
whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending which often
involves an elaborate chase scene. Farces are often highly
incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the large number of plot twists
and random events that often occur), but viewers are encouraged not
to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and
overwhelmed. Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use
of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized
performances. Farces have been written for the stage and film.
Furthermore, a farce is also often set in one particular location,
where all events occur.”
Ingredients for a farce: Laughter, mistaken identities and doors.
Bathroom doors, closet doors, hotel room doors, seven doors to be
exact; doors that open and close; doors that slam shut, doors that
fly open, doors hiding people and doors with no one behind them. The
doors are not funny themselves, of course, but what they provide to
the characters’ angst, confusion and frustration only increases the
audiences laughter. The Pittsfield Players’ production of “Lend Me A
Tenor” has the doors. They have the laughs, a superb cast, including
a few divas, a couple of tenor-wannabes and a lot of innuendo; also
completely necessary for a farce.
Mark your calendars now for “Lend Me a Tenor” April 5, 6, and 7, 11,
12 and 13. Once again The Pittsfield Players are online so our
patrons can enjoy the ease of ordering tickets online again. Tickets
will still be available by reservation through the box office as
well, (603)435-8852. You can also visit the Pittsfield Players on
facebook. “Lend Me A Tenor” has been rated PG-13 by The Pittsfield
Players for adult themes.
PMHS First Semester Academic Awards
Prior to the February Break Pittsfield Middle High School recognized
the students for their academic achievements during the first
semester. Members of the Student Council presented their peers with
honor roll certificates and other awards including the Bryce
Paradise Community Award and the Student of the Month Award.
Seniors Rebekah Adams (left) and Jillian Towle (right) present the
Bryce Paradise Community Award to Elizabeth Cyr.
The Bryce Paradise Community Award, which was first awarded during
the 2010-2011 school year and named after its first recipient, is
presented annually by the Student Council. The award is presented to
a senior who best exhibits to the school’s pillars of community,
respect, responsibility, and safety. This year’s winner was
Elizabeth Cyr. She is a member of the school’s Site Council, teen
mentor program, and a three-sport athlete.
Sophomores Quinn Boyce (left) and Colby Clark (right) present the
Student of the Month Award to Ryan Marquis.
The Student of the Month Award is a new initiative to acknowledge
the good character and citizenship of students. The Student Council
and Common Planning Time teams (made up of grade-level teachers)
collaborate to choose the recipient. Sophomore Ryan Marquis earned
the award for the month of February. Ryan is a member of the Site
Council, class president, and a two-sport athlete.
Common Planning Time team also recognized individuals with awards
for Most Improved and Citizenship. Most Improved recipients included
Cierra Pharr, Jamie Morasse, Emily Stephens, Josh Fraser, Krystal
Small, and Jasmine Troughton. Citizenship Awards were presented to
Tucker Wolfe, Savannah Godin, Jordan Paggi, Ryan Marquis, Sarah
Adams, and Travis Guest.
What better way to celebrate this most joyous occasion than by
joining with friends old and new in a time of New Life praise amidst
the Easter Lily bedecked Worship Center, followed by a free
delectable brunch featuring egg bakes, pastries, and gourmet
Our Worship Team members (in alphabetical order) Micheal Allen,
Linden Cram, Donna DeTrude, Pastor Randy DeTrude, Dorothy Hardy, and
Dora Hill will be leading our lively time of praise.
The Advent Christian Church is Located at 68 Main St. (next to the
Community Center) in downtown Pittsfield. Our special Easter service
time will be 8:30 am allowing plenty of travel time with those who
have Easter family get-togethers to attend.
Come, join the family, and Celebrate Jesus’s resurrection! For more
information contact Pastor Jay at 435-8050.
Pittsfield Is Your Town
Submitted By Helen Schoppmeyer, Pittsfield Master Plan Committee
A survey for the Town of Pittsfield was enclosed in
the last issue of The Suncook Valley Sun. If you have not already
done so, please take the time to fill out this survey and return to
the Town of Pittsfield. For you computer savvy folks,
the survey is also available on the Town of Pittsfield website at
www.pittsfield-nh.com and can
be filled out online.
The Pittsfield Master Plan Committee has prepared this survey so
they can reflect your aspirations and ideas in the upcoming Master
Plan. It is important that everyone of you are part of this
document. Your input is a valuable contribution to this process and
the Master Plan Committee looks forward to an overwhelming response
to this survey.
Brooklyn Elizabeth Bouchard
Brooklyn Elizabeth Bouchard, 6 month old daughter of Mathew and
Stephanie (Barton) Bouchard, died Saturday, March 9, 2013 at home,
surrounded by loving family and friends.
Brooklyn was a happy, free-spirited baby girl with bright blue eyes
and a smile made for the world. She loved life and, even though hers
was short, she enjoyed each day smiling, laughing, and playing. She
got so much love from so many people. Brooklyn will forever be
missed, but never ever be forgotten.
In addition to her parents of Loudon, Brooklyn is survived by
siblings, Alexis Bouchard and Michael Bouchard; maternal
grandparents, Keith Barton of Chichester, and Lynn Ann and Terry
Perry of Pittsfield; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Vicki
Bouchard of Concord; aunts and uncles, Christopher Bouchard and
Jason Farrell of Concord, Marcy McIntyre and Michael Iannone of
Revere, MA, and Anita and Kevin Russell of Barton, VT; as well as
many other great aunts and uncles.
A memorial gathering was held for Brooklyn on Saturday, March 16th.
Donations may be made to
www.fsma.org in Brooklyn’s
name to help toward a cure for spinal muscular atrophy.
Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting